From Susan Marsh of Jackson, Wyoming comes a beautiful chapbook, The Earth Has Been Too Generous (Finishing Line Press, 2022), a collection of 21 evocative poems drawn from a life lived largely out of doors. Susan’s strength is in her eye for specific detail, as seen in this stanza from “Hooded Merganser”: Secretive and solitary, epitome of elegance His slender bill, a razor in a scabbard His head a crescent moon that spreads Into an open fan, like my outstretched hand. Many of the poems are celebrations for the good fortune to live in a “generous” world. From “At the River’s Edge”: Elk find refuge in the forest I shelter behind a driftwood log Rain-polished stones at the water’s lip O sweet small cup of sand Some are laments for the diminished world, as in “Elegy for the Cranes,” where in a “prairie…made for their millions,” only a few dozen arrive to seek shelter, and in “The Hunters”: Where will the red-tails hunt, Razor-eyed on summer winds When all this broken country Grows cul-de-sacs, not grain? Out of the poems as well a kind of moral authority arises, to do all that can be done, as in this stanza from “Asset Protection”:: Let us protect our assets: Bright, laundry-day air Water we can drink A place to walk and daydream The rush of water, the earth’s eternal quiet. A land we share With those whose lives depend upon it, Including our own, Including otters, eagles, bears. Susan Marsh has contributed to every issue of Deep Wild Journal in a variety of genres: poetry, nonfiction, and art, a remarkable feat given that the editors read submissions anonymously. The journal would be less rich without her! Click here to order a copy of Susan's book.